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DOT/NHTSA RIN: 2127-AL61 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Requirements for Importing Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Equipment 

This rulemaking would amend regulations that pertain to the importation of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment subject to the Federal motor vehicle safety, bumper, and theft prevention standards. The amendments would implement a recently enacted statute, codified at 49 U.S.C. 30164 (c) to (f), that authorizes NHTSA to issue regulations conditioning the importation of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment upon the manufacturer (including the importer) providing such information that is necessary to identify and track the product by name and the manufacturer's address, and each retailer or distributor to which the manufacturer directly supplied motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment. To further implement the statute, the regulations would condition the importation of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment upon the manufacturer's compliance with: (a) certain statutory provisions; (b) a request from NHTSA for reports and records the manufacturer is required to maintain with respect to the vehicle or equipment; (c) a request from NHTSA for inspection of premises or of the vehicle or equipment; (d) an order or voluntary agreement to remedy a safety-related defect or a noncompliance with a Federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) in the vehicle or equipment; and (e) regulations implementing these requirements. The amendments would provide an opportunity for the manufacturer to present information to NHTSA before the agency decides that importation of the manufacturer's products should be restricted, as well as procedures for the manufacturer to petition for the reinstatement of its ability to import motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 591   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30141-30147    49 U.S.C. 30164    49 U.S.C. 322   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Coleman R. Sachs
Chief, Import and Certification Division, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-3151
Fax:202 366-1024